Older Australians are embracing the digital life and discovering that the internet is a great way to read the latest news, stay in touch with loved ones, manage appointments, renew prescriptions, access medical records and shop online. But along with the access to technology comes the increased risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime. The following safety tips may come in handy to stay safe when using the internet.
1. Use strong and unique passwords. Make sure your passwords do not include any personal information and avoid using common phrases.
2. Look for secure websites; in the URL address bar at the top of your internet browser screen, look for “https://“ rather than “http://”. The additional ‘s’ is for a secure site. Statewide Home Health Care’s site is secure and uses a payment gateway which means it is a secure and reliable to purchase online and get products conveniently delivered to your doorstep.
3. Avoid phishing attempts. These are ‘scam’ emails looking for money. Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference as a fake email from your bank may look very close to the real thing! Look for spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and URLs that look different and are not the same as the ones you’re used to. If in doubt – do not respond!
4. Do not enter ANY personal or payment information into an unknown site.
5. Do not download or open unknown attachments and software.
6. Monitor your financial accounts. There is a chance that your payment information may be leaked or stolen from a trusted vendor even when you take every precaution. Therefore, always keep a watch on your bank accounts and credit cards for unauthorized purchases.
7. Avoid self-diagnosis and armchair healthcare advice. It sounds funny but it is very easy for Dr Google” to cause unnecessary worry and concern. Only a licensed healthcare professional who knows your health background should make diagnoses and prescribe treatments. Attempting to use the internet to do so could mean the condition of your disease goes untreated or becomes worse.
The internet is a helpful tool for staying connected and getting informed, but there are some risks too. By educating yourself, and asking for help if unsure, you can stay safe from some of the more unpleasant aspects of technology.
For more information: https://www.cyber.gov.au/news/senior-australians